Paralympian, U.S. Veteran Inspires Canyon Lake High Students

Athletes at Canyon Lake High School had the opportunity to listen to an award-winning athlete and U.S. Army veteran who knows a little something about perseverance and courage earlier in September.

Paralympian Kari Miller stopped by CLHS on Sept. 25 to share her story. An athlete her entire life and a cadet in the U.S. Army, Miller had been accepted to officer training school when a tragic vehicle accident changed the course of her life. She lost both legs in the crash; one amputated above the knee, one below. Her mom encouraged her to try wheelchair basketball and ultimately, she was introduced to sitting volleyball which has become her sport of choice.

Miller has gone on to play as a starter for Team USA and was ranked No. 1 libero in the world in 2010.

“She was truly inspiring,” said Jade Lawless, a senior at CLHS and the manager of the volleyball team. “I believe she made a big impact on every single person in the auditorium. She made everyone feel like they can be successful in their own way and to stay positive.”

Read more about Miller here.


-Canyon Lake High School Senior Jade Lawless is pictured with Paralympian Kari Miller who spoke to CLHS athletes on Sept. 25.


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